As announced last year, the Zappa Family Trust is preparing to bring Frank Zappa back to the stage for a tour featuring a performing hologram of the iconic musician, and now a promotional video for the tour, dubbed “The Bizarre World of Frank Zappa,” has been released.
The tour will take place in 2019—although no specific dates have been released—and will feature a band made up of Zappa collaborators Ray White, Mike Keneally, Scott Thunes, Robert Martin and Ed Mann, plus Joe Travers and special guests like Steve Vai, Ian Underwood, Lady Bianca, Napolean Murphy Brock and Arthur Barrow. The video and press release promise Zappa performance footage that has never been seen, even never-before-released music. The video also includes a short audio clip of Zappa mentioning a hologram at a show.
“The development of the ‘Bizarre World’ has been a herculean undertaking and an extremely emotional journey for me,” Ahmet Zappa says in the release. “Weirdly, it’s also been one of the most creatively satisfying projects that I have ever had the privilege of working on. It’s fascinating to me how into holograms my dad was and it’s unbelievable that we have Frank in his own words talking about it. The fact that we’re now finally able to technologically bring to life the ideas and concepts my father talked about so many years ago is astonishing. People’s minds, eyes and ears will be stunned by the crazy amounts of awesomeness they’ll be exposed to every night on this tour. For the first time in a long time Zappa fans will get to see and hear brand spanking new music performed by Frank with his live band and enjoy never before heard versions of their favorite songs, all while brain-melting visuals make them laugh, smile, and perhaps even cry. I truly can’t wait to share this epic experience with everyone and I’m thrilled that we’ll be doing 100 + dates around the world. So please fasten your concert-going seatbelts because things in the Zappa universe are about to get even more bizarre!!!”
Ahmet’s brother Dweezil, with whom the Zappa Family Trust has had a fraught relationship in recent years, responded to the original tour announcement last year (which included Ahmet mentioning how he’d love to see Dweezil be a part of the shows), saying, “I am not interested in participating in anything with an artificial version of my father on stage.”
More information will become available “in the coming months.” Watch the promo video below.